Clerical celibacy and priesthood

February 23, 2020 0 Comments

Abbot Nicholas (Zachariadis) of the Holy Resurrection Monastery (Wisconsin) gave a non-scholarly talk on celibacy, marriage and priesthood. It is relevant to Byzantine Catholics (…and others). Holy Resurrection Monastery is under Bishop John Michael Botean of the Eparchy of Canton — Romanian Byzantine Catholics.   The talk can be viewed here.

To the Threshold of the Apostles 2020

February 20, 2020 0 Comments

Here’s a 3 minute video on the US Eastern Bishops making the Ad Limina Apostolorum (To the Threshold of the Apostles) this week. Bishop Nicholas and the other Eastern Catholic Bishops were in Rome to pray, to discuss matters of the faith, culture, evangelization, etc. Be familiar with a venerable tradition of the church of bishops …

Great Lent 2020 –a letter from the Bishop

February 19, 2020 0 Comments

Eparchy of Newton –Melkite Greek Catholic Church Office of the Bishop Great Lent 2020 Dear Clergy and Faithful, A blessed Great Fast! The season of Great Lent, also called the Great Fast, developed over the centuries. Historically, it was the last forty day of catechesis, or religious instruction, for the catechumens–those studying to be incorporated …

US Eastern Bishops make pilgrimage to Rome

February 17, 2020 0 Comments

Ad limina apostolorum: “to the threshold of the apostles [of Peter and Paul].” The Ad limina is a pilgrimage of a bishop, who is obliged by church law and custom, to the shrines of Sts. Peter and Paul made every five years. Our own Bishop Nicholas is making the pilgrimage with his brother Eastern bishops …

Meatfare and Cheesefare Sundays 2020

February 16, 2020 0 Comments

The Byzantine Church leads her children into the period known as the Great Fast (Lent) with preparatory days before the Clean Monday, the day the Fast begins. Meatfare and Cheesefare Sundays each begin a week in preparation. Here’s the basics. The Great Fast begins on Clean Monday 2020, February 24 Holy Week 2020, April 5 …